It was lucky no one was seriously injured in a crash Saturday at the Algonquin Commons, police said Monday.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, a 78-year-old woman driving a sports utility vehicle crashed through the front door of Carter’s, 2102 South Randall Road, on what was an extremely busy holiday shopping day at the Algonquin Commons.
The woman, whose name was not immediately available, told police she accidentally pressed on the accelerator instead of her brake while parking at the commons. Her SUV then jumped an island, knocked down a metal fence, went across another island, across the access road, up onto the sidewalk and into the front door of Carter’s, said Sgt. Ryan Markham, of the Algonquin Police Department.
While the driver was taken to Sherman Hospital to be checked out — and has since been treated and released — no one else was injured or hit during the crash, Markham said.
“It’s pretty amazing that she didn’t make any contact with anyone,” he said.
The SUV went about four feet into the Carter’s store, which is a popular children’s clothing retailer. At the time of the accident, all of the employees and shoppers were toward the middle or back of the store, Markham said.
“Lukcily, there was no one toward the front of the store,” he said.
Carter’s was forced to close Saturday but was able to re-open Sunday, said Lindsay Major, assistant marketing diretor for Inland Real Estate. Debris and glass from the accident was scattered into the store.
It’s unclear if the woman will receive a citation for the accident. The Algonquin Police Department will be following up with her in coming days regarding the incident.
The above information was updated at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17.
A woman driving a sports utility vehicle crashed through the window at Carter's, 2102 South Randall Road, around 1 p.m. Saturday on what is expected to be a very busy holiday shopping day.
No one was hit on the sidewalk and no one was hurt in the store, officials on the scene told Patch.
The woman driving the SUV was transported by ambulance for treatment of injuries.
Patch will update with more information when it becomes available.